Hello! My name is Cassandra Harrell and this is My Story:
If you check on any search engine, you will find a lot of websites that offers a variety of soul food recipes. These are soul food “recipe” sites. However, there is more to soul food than just recipes.
There is a rich history behind soul food and a great need for me to share with all of you this wonderful story on soul food.
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Now About Me!
I learned the art of cooking from my Big Mama growing up in West Tennessee. The love and passion continued throughout my childhood and today I have truly found my niche in preparing soul food cuisine.
I made my first southern fried chicken at 9, baked my first peach cobbler (with homemade crust) at 13, and from then on I have been cooking ever since. Over the years, the more soul food I made, the more I wanted to make. I thought about soul food all the time. I became addicted to making soul food.
Born and raised in a small southern town, I began tempting palates with my southern influence when I owned an award winning soul food restaurant and catering business. I also taught cooking classes on preparing great soul food cuisine.
Catering and Food Services
During my years in catering and food services, we received rave reviews, numerous features in newspapers, and interviews on television segments. We served up homemade favorites to thousands of loyal customers from hickory-smoked meats, and zesty cole slaw, to succulent macaroni and cheese and tantalizing desserts, morning 'til night.
Our Sunday buffet was also a tremendous hit as customers literally lined up for authentic soul food.
One of my most rewarding experiences was serving eventgoers during national conventions and trade shows, annual festivals, sporting events, and ground-breaking ceremonies.
Among our top sellers were the hickory smoked barbecue, southern fried chicken, collard greens, and old-fashioned peach cobbler. I wouldn’t ever imagined that the dishes that I first made as a youngster, would be a staple throughout my lifetime of soul food cooking.
Over the summer, I sponsored a youth training and development program to teach youth how to operate a business and to learn first hand how to conduct themselves in a business environment. For these efforts, our company was presented an award from the Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship.
In a previous life I was a freelance writer and reporter, co-authored two books, and wrote a newsletter column on book publishing.
In fact I am most proud of my recent cookbook, Soul Food Lovers'. This cookbook has recipes from three generations of family cooks including my mother, my grandmother, my siblings, and myself. I was really lucky to have made several recipes with my mother, especailly her hot water corn bread and her homemade banana pudding.
I have a unique voice and a witty personality. I am easy going, super friendly, enjoy life and love meeting people.
I am married to Earl with one son and two lovely granddaughters.
Oh, by the way, did I mention, I love soul food!
Photo of Hot Water Corn Bread
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